Data Visualization Designer

United Nations Development Programme, New York, United States

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th April, 2019

Job Description


The Arab Human Development Reports (AHDR), published by UNDP since 2003, have contributed substantially to inform the regional and global debate showing that Arab countries can achieve a significant leap forward in development, reinforce stability and secure gains in a sustainable manner, if they prioritize adopting policies that ensure the well-being, productivity, self-determination and good citizenship of their population.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals have, based on their integrated and multi-dimensional nature, the potential to help governments and other stakeholders in the region to identify policy bottlenecks and innovative solutions to overcome previous grievances and build a more sustainable future. Nevertheless, gaps in data availability and reliability necessitate concentrated efforts and partnerships to make Agenda 2030 a useful tool for advocacy and policymaking. Beyond official statistics and internationally agreed targets, there is a need to look at the specific challenges of the region, understand how people cope with unequal access to resources and in prolonged crisis, and how they devise solutions which are context-specific and can address the needs of those left behind.

The Arab Human Development Report and other related research, publications and analytical materials are aimed at informing the regional and international as well as national debate on development challenges and sustainable solutions in the Arab region. The proposed analysis and research will do so through innovative approaches linking the concept of citizenship as it emerges from world-wide relevant literature to the implementation of the 2030 agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Senior Strategic Advisor and Policy Specialist of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, the data visualization consultant will be responsible for developing up to 15 infographics for the aforementioned report and related materials. Additional ouputs may include smaller scale data visualizations to complement the infographics, design guidance on how to improve charts and tables, and adaptation of some of the infographics to PowerPoint presentations and other formats.

The consultant will be provided with the underlying data, readily compiled and analyzed, including survey data collected through mobile signal in 12 countries in the Arab region. He or she will be expected to propose innovative and creative ideas to present statistics on topics ranging from governance to migration trends. The key pre-requisite of the infographics will be to convey the messages emerging from the analysis in clear and effective ways to reach a non-specialist public. Thus, she/he will also play a proactive role in shaping the storylines that numbers will tell in support of our qualitative analysis. The data visualization consultant will accompany the development of the report, proposing infographics on different topics and data as the analysis proceeds, rather than once it is finalized.



  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Knowledge of Arab region is desirable.


  • Background knowledge about the SDGs and the United Nations;
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills;
  • Ability to work independently and achieve quality results with limited supervision and within tight schedules;
  • Strong statistical data visualization skills;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Excellent computer skills especially Power Point and data visualization softwarare.


  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically;
  • Ability to visually conceptualize and convey strategic visions from the spectrum of development experience.

Managing Complexity

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Ability to develop knowledge products;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and good practices;
  • Provides constructive feedback;
  • Demonstrates a strong capacity for innovation and creativity in performing her/his tasks.

Judgment/Decision-Making: Mature judgment and initiative.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications

  • Secondary degree is required;
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in graphic design or related fields are considered an asset.

Years of Experience: A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in statistical data visualization and infographic design if the applicant is in possession of a Secondary degree, 5 relevant work experience if the applicant is in possession of a Bachelor’s degree, and 3 years of relevant work experience if the applicant is in possession of a Master’s degree.

Technical experience:

  • Experience in adapting data visualization to various formats and media;
  • Previous experience working for international companies or organizations is desirable.

Language Requirements: Fluency in written and spoken English is required.


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